NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at a glance

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon's (24) car kicks up flames after an accident with Martin Truex Jr. (78) and Greg Biffle (16) during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon's (24) car kicks up flames after an accident with Martin Truex Jr. (78) and Greg Biffle (16) during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

This week’s race

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

What: 110 laps (segments of 25, 25, 25, 25 and 10 laps)

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved oval located in Concord.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jamie McMurray

Also this week: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Truck Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

▪ 3M 250, Xfinity Series, Iowa Speedway, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: The two drivers who win a segment of the Sprint Showdown on Friday at the speedway will advance to Saturday night’s All-Star Race, as well as at least one driver voted in by the fans through the Sprint Fan Vote. There must be a minimum of 20 drivers to start the race.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Jimmie Johnson: Wasn’t in the victory picture at Kansas until a late race caution and pit road gamble.

Kevin Harvick: Has finished first or second in the last seven races run on intermediate tracks.

Joey Logano: Seemed to spend more time going back than forward and still managed to finish fifth.

Erik Jones: He ran out of gas in the Truck race and spun late in the Cup race, but in between he put on a superb racing exhibition.

Matt Crafton: Two-time Truck Series champion suddenly looks in excellent position to pick up a third.

Chase Elliott: Added double duty this week – he will run the Sprint Showdown and try to make the All-Star Race as well as run Sunday’s Xfinity race at Iowa.

NOT

Joe Gibbs Racing: Started the weekend with such promise and ended it with just one driver in the top 10.

Tony Stewart: It wasn’t of his doing, but another bad weekend must be wearing thin on Stewart.

David Ragan: Wrecked the SpongeBob SquarePants car and ended up stuck in the SpongeBob SquarePants logo on the frontstretch.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Cup

1. Kevin Harvick, 437.

2. Martin Truex Jr., 391.

3. Jimmie Johnson, 389.

4. Joey Logano, 375.

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 360.

6. Brad Keselowski, 343.

7. Matt Kenseth, 331.

8. Jamie McMurray, 328.

9. Jeff Gordon, 317.

10. Kasey Kahne, 313.

11. Aric Almirola, 312.

12. Paul Menard, 306.

13. Ryan Newman, 305.

14. Kurt Busch, 292.

15. Denny Hamlin, 284.

16. Clint Bowyer, 272.

17. Danica Patrick, 270.

18. Carl Edwards, 265.

19. AJ Allmendinger, 259.

20. Casey Mears, 242.

21. Greg Biffle, 242.

22. Kyle Larson, 237.

23. David Ragan, 235.

24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 227.

25. Austin Dillon, 225.

26. David Gilliland, 212.

27. Sam Hornish Jr., 210.

28. Justin Allgaier, 207.

29. Trevor Bayne, 190.

30. Tony Stewart, 179.

31. Cole Whitt, 177.

32. Brett Moffitt, 161.

33. Michael Annett, 137.

34. Alex Bowman, 132.

35. Josh Wise, 116.

36. Matt DiBenedetto, 109.

37. Michael McDowell, 87.

38. Jeb Burton, 53.

39. Alex Kennedy, 40.

40. Bobby Labonte, 38.

41. Brian Vickers, 32.

42. Michael Waltrip, 26.

43. Reed Sorenson, 22.

44. Mike Wallace, 8.

45. Ron Hornaday Jr., 2.

Xfinity

1. Ty Dillon, 330.

2. Chris Buescher, 321.

3. Chase Elliott, 293.

4. Darrell Wallace Jr., 293.

5. Regan Smith, 287.

6. Brian Scott, 286.

7. Elliott Sadler, 282.

8. Ryan Reed, 255.

9. Daniel Suarez, 254.

10. Brendan Gaughan, 249.

Trucks

1. Matt Crafton, 175.

2. Tyler Reddick, 158.

3. Erik Jones, 157.

4. Johnny Sauter, 153.

5. Cameron Hayley, 123.

6. John Wes Townley, 122.

7. Timothy Peters, 121.

8. Justin Boston, 114.

9. Ray Black Jr., 112.

10. Spencer Gallagher, 111.

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